Optimal wound management starts with a holistic wound assessment. 6,7,8 This will help to more efficiently set management goals, which will increase the potential for better treatment outcomes
What is wound assessment?
Wound assessment is an essential part of wound management and can be defined as: information obtained using observation, questioning, physical examination, and clinical investigations in order to formulate a management plan. Wound assessment should be comprehensive and holistic, performed at each patient visit/dressing change and should cover the following key elements:
- Assessment of the patient and social context
- Assessment of the wound bed
- Assessment of the wound edge
- Assessment of the periwound skin
Completing a comprehensive wound assessment, will guide you in correct identification of wound management goals and selection of evidence based wound treatments and interventions.